With Bello possibly being sold to a club in Europe either in this transfer window or the next, Atlanta United elected not to loan Gutman again.
He looked sharp in Tuesday’s scrimmage as a box-to-box fullback, combining well with Danny Centeno to create attacks.
“Box to box, that suits me a lot,” he said. “I’m very athletic, I’m very direct. I’ve grown up playing like that.”
Manager Gonzalo Pineda complimented Gutman on Tuesday, saying he was very coachable and very professional in their first few training sessions. Gutman said Pineda is teaching him about how to direct his first touch so that he can play the ball appropriately, his movements and the timing of runs.
“Even one or two yards in a different space can make all the difference in the world,” Gutman said. “So every time you speak to me, I’m just trying to take little by little and put it into my team.”
Gutman said that coachability is a result of playing for so many different managers and the need to prove himself time after time. So far, he has succeeded, with 51 appearances for Cincinnati and the Red Bulls with two goals and three assists. He never was able to play for Celtic because of issues related to his work permit.
“I think the biggest asset you can have as a player is to be coachable,” he said. “You always want to be open to learning new things within your game. Gonzalo had a great career. So obviously what he’s saying, he knows what he’s talking about. So I’m always going to listen. It’s a new team again, so I have to prove myself out to show that I’m a quality player and I belong here.”
It will be interesting to see how much playing time Gutman earns if Bello isn’t sold. In addition to those two is Caleb Wiley, signed by the club as Homegrown last week.
Bello has missed most of the first two weeks of training camp because he was with the U.S. men’s national team in its camp. Wiley has missed most of the second week because he was called up by the U.S. Under-20 national team.
Gutman and Mikey Ambrose are the only left backs in camp for its short entirety.
“We’re all competing for one spot,” he said. “We’ve got a young promising Homegrown player that just signed who when he was in camp with us for a little bit, you can tell he has a lot of qualities. He’s going to have a great future. Obviously, George is another fantastic player. So it’s a luxury for the team that who’s playing that position is going to be a great player.”
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Feb. 27 vs. Sporting KC, 3 p.m., FS1
March 5 at Colorado, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
March 13 vs. Charlotte, 4:30 p.m., FS1
March 19 vs. Montreal, 4 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
April 2 at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
April 9 at Charlotte, 3 p.m., ESPN
April 16 vs. Cincinnati, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
April 24 at Miami, 1 p.m., ESPN
April 30 at Montreal, 4 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
May 7 vs. Chicago, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
May 15 vs. New England, 2 p.m., ESPN
May 21 at Nashville, 7:30 p.m. FOX
May 28 vs. Columbus Crew, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
June 19 vs Miami, 4 p.m., ESPN2
June 25 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
June 30 at New York Red Bulls, 8 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
July 3 at NYCFC, 5 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
July 9 vs. Austin, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
July 13 vs. Real Salt Lake, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
July 17 vs. Orlando, 3 p.m., ABC
July 24 at L.A. Galaxy, 9:30 p.m., FS1
July 30 at Chicago, 5 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
August 6 vs. Seattle, 3 p.m., ABC
August 13 at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. BSSO/BSSE
August 17 vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
August 21 at Columbus, 6 p.m., FS1
August 28 vs. D.C. United, 4 p.m., UNIV
August 31 at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 4 at Portland, 5:30 p.m., FOX
Sept. 10 vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Sept. 14 at Orlando, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Sept 17 vs. Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m., UniMas
Oct. 1 at New England, 1 p.m., UniMas
Oct. 9 vs. NYCFC, TBD, BSSO/BSSE